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Chelsea Willing To Bid Big For This Juventus Fullback: Can Conte Land His First Signing?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Chelsea are planning an improved offer to seal a deal for Alex Sandro. The Blues saw their earlier bid in the range of £55m rejected by Juventus and are on the verge of tabling a much suitable offer for the left back.

Landing a left back has been a priority for Antonio Conte who just guided Chelsea to their second Premier League title in three years. Despite a blockbuster performance, the Italian wants a number of players in the side to throw a challenge in the next season as well.

Conte signed Marcos Alonso in the last summer who thrived last season as Conte opted to play with a three-man defence and Alonso was shifted to a more attacking wingback role. The 26-year-old racked up six goals and three assists in his maiden season in the Premier League but Conte wants more competition in his side and a move for Sandro is the result of that.

The Italian gaffer is known for his stubborn managerial decisions and bringing Sandro would be a reflection of this. Chelsea bought Michy Batshuayi from Marseille in the last season but he has been hardly used by the gaffer as Conte preferred Diego Costa for most of the season.

The Blues manager is yet to sign his new contract as he is miffed with the Chelsea hierarchy for their lacklustre attitude in the transfer market. The Blues have fallen behind the other top clubs in the transfer market already and wants a move on. Conte wants to set his team before the preseason starts so that he would be able to evaluate each and every player separately.

Sandro arrived from Porto in the summer of 2015 and helped Juventus to win a domestic double last season. The fullback was in the thick of the action in the Champions League semifinal against Barcelona. The Brazilian who has six caps for his native country kept Lionel Messi quiet throughout the match as the Argentine forward couldn’t influence the game at all.

Chelsea could break the barrier for Sandro and they could easily surpass the £50m mark they had set for Fernando Torres that they paid for the Spanish striker who turned out to be a disastrous signing. He couldn’t emulate his Liverpool form and went down as one of Chelsea’s bigger mistakes.

Sandro can be called as an all rounder in terms of his performance. The left back is very sound defensively and can surge ahead with his marauding runs through the flanks.

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